“I love to create powerful images, and I love seeing female artists conquer areas of the art world that have been dominated by men. It is time to fill the museums with female artists creating male nudes”
Rebecca Scheuerman is an incredible, talented and multifaceted artist, trained in classical realism working with modern themes in traditional media. She remained self-taught in her early years, under the concept that traditional ways were lost. It wasn’t until her thirties when she moved to Baltimore, Maryland to attend the Schuler School of Fine Art.
It was then, when she discovered the great passion that had grown inside her for both, the portrait and figure, and desire to represent the human form through drawing, painting, and sculpture.
In this Q&A artist Rebecca Scheuerman shares with PoseSpace her background as an artist, her goals and aspirations, what challenges she faced working with the nude figure, some great advice for beginner artists and more.
Can you tell us about your background and how you got into art?
I became an artist later in life. I have always had a love for the old masters and realism. I thought that their skills were lost, and was not interested in the contemporary art scene. I had always sketched and drawn for myself. It was not until my thirties that I learned about ateliers and the preservation of traditional techniques. I changed my whole life and devoted myself to mastering painting, drawing and sculpture. I have not looked back.
How has your style changed over the years?
As I have grown as an artist, I have learned more and more what interests me. I love texture, deep contrast, swing and movement. Now I look for these concepts when creating composition and choosing subjects. As a representational artist, I have been trained to create in a very realistic way. Over the years I have developed my own style that has become a little looser. The path to creating our own style in realism is a long one, and often takes a lifetime. It is a lifetime well spent.
What are your goals or aspirations as an artist?
My main goal as an artist is to keep developing my skill over my entire life. I want to be the greatest artist I can be. This means pushing myself in areas of my technique, composition and concept. For this journey to work I also devote time to being a successful working artist. The business side does not come easy to me, and I make sure to set professional goals as well as artistic ones.
What challenges do you face working with the nude figure?
One of the biggest challenges to working with the nude figure is setting the model up with a great pose. I want dynamic poses and these are often difficult to hold. When creating my own art, I must push myself to let go. I need to let myself sacrifice perfect technique in order to capture the movement and life of the model.
What life experiences have influenced your work?
I have been greatly influenced by powerful women in my life: family, mentors, role models, and artists. I love to create powerful images, and I love seeing female artists conquer areas of the art world that have been dominated by men. It is time to fill the museums with female artists creating male nudes.
What’s been your greatest artistic success?
The important successes to me have been the small breakthroughs. In a way awards are meaningless. I have come to see how subjective judges are. Competitions are important to build a name for yourself, but I don’t measure my value by them. Rather I remember my own development as an artist. The first time I captured a great likeness of a model. When I was able to keep up with my instructor in a paint along. My first sale. Making a successful hour long alla prima training video. These are the things that give me confidence to continue working on my own.
What do you think of PoseSpace? Do you have a favorite model?
PoseSpace has been important to me with my training in art. I have used it to supplement times in school when we didn’t have a live model. Before I had built up my own contacts this was the only access I had to great models and poses. With quarantine in 2020 it became a lifesaver. I had my first solo show in March of 2021, and I relied on PoseSpace for inspiration and references. My favorite model is Jesse. His poses are fluid and powerful at the same time.
What advice would you give to young artists?
Never stop developing your skill and training your eye. So much of making a career as an artist is hard work. If this is what you really want, you absolutely can make a living doing it. Become the absolute best you can be. Get ready for a lot of criticism and rejection. Build a really strong support system mixed with people that will build you up and push you hard.
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